Myths & Facts on  DOH Massage Exams
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Myths & Facts on DOH Massage Exams



This material aims to debunk all negative notions about the Philippine Department of Health Massage Licensure Examinations.

This material aims to debunk all negative notions about the Philippine Department of Health Massage Licensure Examinations.



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  • How SPAMT Helps Provide Solutions By Benjamin Eugenio Jr LMT
  • Wellness Trend (Global & Local) Massage & wellness is a growing trend locally & internationally Locally, many massage parlors sprouted affecting legitimate spa establishments DOH has a mandate to protect public health
  • Wellness Trend (Global & Local) First law on massage, PD 856, Sec. 13 Latest DOH Directive, Adm. Order 201o-0034 Deadline for compliance to “No massage license, no massage practice”- December 2014(CEMT Res. 2011- 001)
  • Application Requirements forDOH Massage Licensure Exams At least, 18 years of age At least, a high school graduate Must undergo training at a DOH accredited training institution (120 hours) Must pass DOH written & practical examinations Must renew massage license every 3 years
  • Myths (haka-haka) on DOH Exams Myth #1: Massage lesson & exam is TOO DIFFICULT Myth #2: Massage training schedule AFFECTS work Myth #3: Massage training & licensure is EXPENSIVE Myth #4: Massage therapist will LEAVE SPA once licensed Myth #5: Massage therapist to DEMAND higher pay Myth #6: DOH massage directives can be ignored
  • Myth #1: Massage Lesson & Examis TOO DIFFICULT Facts:1. Training material covering 5 subjects has been reduced by DOH from 444 to 144 pages2. HiMAS Tagalog-English training material is available3. Only qualified trainers conduct classes
  • Myth #1: Massage Lesson & Examis TOO DIFFICULT Facts:4. DOH test questions are given in English & Filipino5. DOH oral exams are mostly done in Filipino6. Blind from HiMAS Topped both Written & Practical Exams7. On several occasions, unschooled, blind massage therapists passed the exams
  • Myth #2: Massage TrainingSchedule AFFECTS workFacts:1. Minimum no. of hrs of training is 1202. Pacing of class depends on students3. Most classes are done half-days (8 thru 12 noon) M-W-F or T-Th-S4. If a student do not pass, a Deferment Option may take place
  • Myth #3: Massage Training &Licensure is EXPENSIVE Fact:1. Considering the quality training hours, trainers available & lessons learned- whole exercise is VERY AFFORDABLE2. To those financially-challenged, SPAMT is the ULTIMATE Solution (to be discussed later)
  • Myth #4: Massage Therapist willLEAVE SPA once licensed Facts:1. For as long as the therapist agrees to sign contract with the spa, he or she cannot just leave2. DOH may not renew massage license if the spa operator files a valid complaint
  • What is Unique Payment Scheme (UPS) All qualified therapist shall pay only:  P299 as enrolment fee  P199 as daily training fee (min. of 20 days)  The rest of the balance may be paid through  HiMAS spa or office service (4 is to P100)  Referral of students (CMT or Preparatory School) (1 is to P300)  Plus miscellaneous and DOH fees
  • Myth #5: Massage Therapist toDemand Higher PayFacts:1. DOH expressly encourages spa owners & therapists to communicate & agree on certain terms2. Once licensed, most often, the take home (tip) of a therapist increases
  • Myth #6: DOH Directive Can BeIgnoredFacts:1. The law is clear: a massage therapist must be registered (PD 856, AO 2010-0034)2. Non-compliance may result to: disruption of business operations or possible closure3. Loss of investments
  • What is SPAMT* and how it canhelp? SPAMT is acronym for Special Staggered-Payment Arrangement for Massage Therapists  An original concept from HiMAS Initially, there shall be at 3 least recipients per spa (to help accommodate other spas)
  • What does SPAMT assures? Quality & internationally-inspired massage training Highly qualified trainers Ten (10) years of training experience Best school facilities & training curriculum Automatic membership to International Massage Association of the Philippines (IMAP) Possible job employment abroad (after “finish- contract”)
  • What are SPAMT applicationrequirements? Between 18 years old & 29 years old At least a high school graduate Massage therapist for not less than two (2) years Endorsed by his or her spa employer Willing to follow school rules & regulations Willing to surrender his or her DOH License unless everything is fully settled
  • What an applicant must submit?  Accomplished SPAMT Application Letter & Form  Photos (7 pcs 2x2 with name, 2 pcs 1 x1) (for DOH)  Resume or biodata  NBI clearance (for DOH)  Birth certificate (for DOH)  Endorsement from spa authorities
  • SPAMT Screening Process 1) A paper review 2) Actual massage evaluation 3) Final interview 4) Approval & start of training
  • General Course OutlineAnatomy & Physiology General & Organ System Anatomy & PhysiologyMicrobiology & Pathology General Microbiology & PathologyMassage Therapy 1 Fundamental Concepts on MassageMassage Therapy 2 Massage Therapy Application/ Licensure Performance ProtocolMassage Therapy 3 Practice of Massage Therapy